Commander Grayson Pierce returns from a night out with his best
friend, Monk Kokkalis, to a nightmare. His home has been attacked,
Monk's wife, Kat, has been seriously injured, and Seichan and Monk's
two young children are missing. Meanwhile, Maria Silviera has made
some advances in artificial intelligence that everyone wants to get their
hands on - and someone was willing to kill regarding it. Is it a terrorist
group or some ancient organization dating back to the Spanish
Inquisition? Gray and the rest of the Sigma team will have to use every
weapon at their disposal, including some advanced and untested
neurological treatments, if they are to have any hope of saving Seichan
and Monk's children while stopping worldwide destruction.
I love how James Rollins manages to combine the Malleus Maleficarum
with cutting edge artificial intelligence and neurological technology in
the same novel. CRUCIBLE has so
many twists and turns that it's hard to explain the storyline without
giving away anything. However, the philosophical questions raised by
CRUCIBLE are almost as
fascinating as the adventure itself. CRUCIBLE is one of those novels that stays with you
long past the last page as you ponder the various aspects of the tale.
CRUCIBLE is the fourteenth book
in the Sigma Force series.
James Rollins provides enough of the back story so that new readers
can jump in and appreciate most of the nuances of the storyline.
However, each adventure is so much fun that I can't imagine not
wanting to read each and every one! If you're looking for an intriguing
and heart-stopping thriller, then CRUCIBLE may be exactly what you need.
In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must
wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in
this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York
Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend
of cutting edge science, historical mystery, and
Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce
discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing,
and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen
floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to
find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the
only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a
semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant
neurologist offers a radical approach to "unlock" her mind
long enough to ask a few questions.
What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic
quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching
back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most
reviled and blood-soaked books in human history—a Medieval
text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the
Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in
the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and
a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to
confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a